Ledecky wins 200m freestyle at US Olympic trials with best events to come

Last Updated: June 22, 2024By

Celebrating Champions at the US Olympic Swimming Trials

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The pool was buzzing with familiar faces at the US Olympic swimming trials. Ryan Murphy, known for his backstroke prowess, secured his ticket to the Olympics for the third time. Likewise, Lilly King, the queen of breaststroke, will grace the Olympic stage once again. And of course, the spotlight shone brightly on Katie Ledecky, who triumphed in another individual event in Paris. Let’s dive into the highlights of this thrilling night and the stars who shone brightest.

Ledecky’s Double Triumph

In a whirlwind of finals, Katie Ledecky showcased her dominance by clinching victory in the 200m freestyle on Monday, adding to her earlier win in the 400m freestyle. Her lightning speed in the final lap sealed the deal, clocking in at 1 minute 55.22 seconds. But the excitement doesn’t end there; her best events, the 800m and 1500m freestyle, are yet to come, promising more thrills in Paris.

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Rising Stars and Relay Hopefuls

Joining Ledecky in Paris is Claire Weinstein, the runner-up in the 200m free at 1:56.18. Paige Madden and Erin Gemmell secured relay spots in the 4x200m free relay, with Anna Peplowski and Alex Shackell also in contention, setting the stage for a fierce competition.

Murphy’s Consistent Excellence

On the men’s side, Ryan Murphy continued his stellar performance by winning the men’s 100m backstroke with a time of 52.22 seconds. With an impressive track record that includes multiple gold medals, Murphy is poised to make waves in Paris.

King’s Emotional Victory Lap

Lilly King captured hearts with her victory in the 100m breaststroke, clocking in at 1:05.43. Her jubilant celebration around the stadium, embracing family and fans, reflected the emotional journey of a seasoned champion.

Grimes’ Dual Feat

Katie Grimes, already securing a spot in open water, showcased her versatility with a victory in the women’s 400m individual medley. Her journey from the youngest member of the US Olympic team in Tokyo to a seasoned contender highlights her growth and determination.

As these swimming stars prepare to represent their country on the world stage, the anticipation for the Olympic Games in Paris reaches new heights. Stay tuned for more exhilarating moments from these champions in the making.

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